INTEGRATING SOCIO-ECONOMIC OBJECTIVES AND TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT -THE SOUTH AFRICAN EXPE

Deen Letchmiah, 9th IACC, Workshop contribution, Procurement

INTEGRATING SOCIO-ECONOMIC OBJECTIVES AND TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT -THE SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

Deen Letchmiah


KEY ISSUES

1. Public Procurement - Instrument of Government Policy

2. Understand the imperatives of developing countries, especially the attainment of socio-economic objectives.

3. Focus on managing corruption (rather than elimination)

4. Pillars of Public Procurement

5. Essential component - Access to information

6. South African Experience

THE NEED TO PROMOTE SOCIO-ECONOMIC OBJECTIVES

  • DEVELOPING COUNTRIES - OBJECTIVES OF PROCUREMENT REFORM
    • - Good Governance
    • - Achieving socio-economic objectives
  • CLEARLY IDENTIFY AND DEFINE OBJECTIVES
    • - Promote SMMEs
    • - Job creation
    • - Local resources and capacity building
    • - Training and skills transfer
    • - Affirmative (targeted) procurement
    • - Community participation
  • TARGET GROUPS AND GOALS MUST BE:
    • - Definable
    • - Measurable
    • - Verifiable
    • - Auditable

PILLARS OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

  • Political Endorsement and Commitment
  • Enabling Legislation and Regulations
  • Well Trained and Competent Officials
  • Informed, Willing and Supportive Businesses

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

  • Notification of tender opportunities
  • Uniformity in tender documentation
  • Clear adjudication criteria
  • Systems for de-briefing
  • Code of Ethics
  • Procurement Ombudsperson

SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

  • CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS
  • CONCEPT OF VALUE FOR MONEY
    • - Lowest price Vs Best Value
    • - Product Vs Process
    • - Human Resource Specifications
    • - Development Objective /Price Mechanism
  • MONITORING AND EVALUATION
    • - Verifying information
    • - Contract monitoring
    • - Penalties for non-compliance
  • LEGAL PRECEDENTS
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